How To Restring A Compound Bow

How to Restring A Compound Bow

Compound bows are one of the most popular bows on the market today.

That said, they do require a bit of an investment on the archer’s part when it comes to maintaining them.

An example of this is restringing the bow on a regular basis to keep the bow in top shape.

Why do you need to restring a compound bow?

While you might think to restring your compound bow is unnecessary, it’s important to do it regularly so that you ensure that your shots will be more accurate. In addition, you don’t want an old string to snap and risk injuring you or someone else.

If the idea of restringing your compound bow seems overwhelming, don’t worry. Here’s our guide to helping you through the process.

Find Out If You Need A Bow Press

Using Bow Press

Some compound bows are used in such a way that they require a bow press in order for their strings to be replaced.

This press basically secures the bow and moves its limbs so that the bow can be positioned properly and safely in order for the string on it to be replaced.

If your compound bow requires this press, you’ll need to get in touch with your bow’s manufacturer to find out what type and size of bow press you’ll need, as wikiHow reports.

Does Your Bow Have A “Teardrop Attachment?”

Now that that’s sorted, you also have to find out if your compound bow has a “teardrop” attachment slot for its string.

You can spot this easily because your bow will have two indentations on it in the place where the string will be attached, one on either side of the bow’s cable.

This type of attachment requires that your new string needs to be put in place while the current string is still attached.

If the bow you have doesn’t have this teardrop attachment, you can go ahead and remove the bow’s current string before you put in a new one.

How To Replace The String On A Teardrop Attachment (with a bow press)

  • You’ll need to slide the new string’s loops or rings onto the indentations we were talking about earlier.
  • Take the first ring or loop of the string and attach it over the empty indentation that’s on one side of the teardrop attachment. Then, repeat this action with the end loop on the other limb of the compound bow.
  • You want both rings to be nice and secure.
  • Then, carefully remove the current string you have from the teardrop attachment’s other side.

How To Replace The String On A Non-Teardrop Attachment (with a bow press)

  • You will need to fasten the end loop of the string to the right spot in the cam’s center. Take the string and loop it underneath the cam, then back over. It needs to be secured into the indentation.
  • If your compound bow contains two cams, you’ll have to do the same thing with the bow’s other cam, but make sure you do it in reverse!
  • For a bow that has one cam, you want to hoop the string so that it’s pulled around the wheel on the limb securely, then move it back down so that it can be fastened onto the cam.

Make Sure You Tighten The String

Once you’ve attached the string to the compound bow, make sure you tighten it properly.

You can do this by tightening the bolts one by one. Then, detach your bow so that it comes off the bow press.

Check that the string is in its indentations and still secure. If not, adjust the strings.

How To Restring A Compound Bow Without A Press 

Can you restring any compound bow without the use of a bow press?

You might be wondering if you can restring your compound bow yourself, without making use of a bow press.

This is possible, but only if you’ve got an older bow model that has a teardrop attachment. For anything else, you’ll need a bow press.

A word of caution, here: it can be dangerous to try to remove a bow’s string without the use of a press to help you.

This is because of the tension involved in the process that can cause the strings to snap and cause you harm.

That said, as long as you are careful and go through the process with care, you shouldn’t have a problem – and you might not even require a bow press to help you out.

Steps To Follow When Restringing A Bow Yourself

  • Make sure the bow’s limbs are a bit loose so you can replace the bow’s string. To do this, the bow’s top bolt should be turned counterclockwise, and then follow the same step with the bow’s other limb. For this step, you’ll need an Allen wrench to unscrew the bolts.
  • Place the bowl on the floor and step on its current string while lifting the bow towards you. The best way to do this is to bend down and secure the bow with one hand while you take a step onto the current string with one foot. To be extra secure, slowly step onto the string with both feet.
  • Carefully raise the bow upwards to loosen its limbs. For this step, you might want to step off the string with one foot. Raising the bow will loosen its limbs, but don’t do a full draw length as that’s not required. FYI, a full draw length means pulling the string back all the way to its maximum point.
  • While you are still stepping on the current string with one foot, you want to attach a new string. To do this, take the new string with your free hand and slip it over the groove in which your new string is meant to go. You might need a friend to help you with this.
  • Take the loop ends of the string and slip them over the teardrop attachment indentations, taking care to firmly secure them. You want them to be nice and taut.
  • Move your foot so that you stand on your new string and can remove the current string by unhooking it.

Common Signs That Your Bowstring Needs To Be Replaced

Bad Bow String

It’s not always easy to tell when your bowstring should be replaced.

Although you’ll most likely spot a problem immediately if you see that your bowstring is broken or fraying, there are other things to check for that can signal you should change the string without hesitation.

  • The string at the cam point is fraying. This is an important part of the string to pay attention to and one of the most common places on your string that will show damage. If it looks like it’s wearing away, then it’s time to change the string.
  • The string at the nock point is fraying. The point where you nock your string is usually a victim of fraying, so look closely for any strands that are wearing away.
  • Your draw length is too long. An interesting thing to notice when wondering if you should replace your bow’s string or not is the bow’s draw length. If it’s become too long, this is a sign that your bowstring should be replaced, as Hunt Hacks reports.

Related Questions

How often should you restring a compound bow?

It’s recommended that you should change your compound bow’s string once every three years, although this might vary depending on how often you use it.

If you see that the string is looking worn, then you’d do best to replace it.

What kind of bow press is best for beginners?

If you’re a beginner, you should use a bench-mounted bow press. This has a horizontal bar on the bottom and two arms or limbs that slide up and down with the support of a roller. 


It might seem scary or intimidating to have to restring your compound bow, but the use of a bow press can make it much easier and safer to do yourself.

On the other hand, when your bow has a teardrop attachment with a groove for two strings, you can change the string yourself.

In this article, we’ve looked at how to change a compound bow’s string on a teardrop and non-teardrop model, as well as how to change a string with and without the use of bow press if your compound bow allows this.

As can be seen in this guide, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the process.

As long as you take your time and stay safe, you’ll be able to restring your compound bow quickly and easily.

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